These days, bacteria wear many hats as they become the fashion designers, artists, and architects of the future.

Published in Microbial Sciences

James Collins helped launch a new kind of science called synthetic biology. I talked to Collins about the achievements of synthetic biology over the past decade, such as engineering E. coli that can count, and about the future of synthetic biology--from using bacteria to make fuel to reprogramming the bacteria in our guts to improve our health.